Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Barcelona, Spain

Available Courses

The course explores the notions of creativity and authorship through historic and contemporary examples from Spanish cinematography, focusing on their aesthetic, industrial and political dimension. The approach is multidisciplinary and includes, amongst others, film theory and aesthetics, philosophy, sociology, economy, and theories of collaborative creativity. The course workload includes: lectures, screenings of films, readings, tutorials, guests and field trips related to course contents, writing papers and class discussion.

European football (soccer) has become a major cultural vehicle in the globalized world, both in terms of economical impact and social influence. This course focuses on the links between the game and the different dimensions that surround it: media coverage, symbolic value, political targeting, class and gender issues, or public and corporate policy… FC Barcelona is a unique case study that embodies tensions between European, Spanish and Catalonian national identities while arguably being the most accomplished team of the 21st century in terms of game style. But its significance goes beyond the game itself, blending with global marketing strategies and transnational fandom. We will make the best of being located in Barcelona in order to develop ethnographic research to better understand football as a controversial issue within contemporary popular culture.

This course starts from the premise of the crucial importance of moral, philosophical and scientific imagination in the development of human societies. It focuses on key moral, philosophical and scientific innovative ideas that have revolutionized and shaped society from Antiquity to nowadays. The course deals not only with understanding the context of emergence of these ideas, but also their impact on the contemporary world and mentality. We begin with the “Axial Age” (Karl Jaspers) characterized by a series of ethical-religious, scientific and philosophical innovations from China to Ancient Greece, and move chronologically to Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the current digital and robot revolution. The substantive and methodological approach is not Euro-centric and reductionist, but global and interdisciplinary. We adopt a problem-solving approach based on understanding why and how new and creative ideas – from Buddhism and monotheism to Marxist materialism, genetical engineering and quantum physics – answer different types of challenges and queries – existential, epistemic, or ethical-political.

The course explores non-hegemonic identities and gender and sexual diversity from many different perspectives: their criminalization, pathologization or their fights for equality and rights. The field will be contextualized with the social, legal, historical, and cultural implications of sexuality, articulating academic and activist perspectives. Furthermore, students will start an intercultural dialogue about their own perspectives and geographies, highlighting the importance of understanding these topics as non-homogeneous and in an intersectional way. The course puts into conversation different positions within the field and cultural production (such as cinema, literature, poetry, theatre, etc.) so as to reflect about the implications of visibility for the community, as well as the different representations of such dissident sexualities and identities

The course is an approach to the reality of the Arab world, a human space very diversified that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf with about 450 million inhabitants, often distorted by topics and prejudices. The approach is carried out in three directions: politics, new social actors and the Arab world relationship with the western world. Special emphasis is placed on the role played by young people, on the situation of women and on the permanent tension between tradition and modernity. Finally, the objective is to establish what image the Arab world projects towards the outside and what perception has the West of the Arab world.

Analytics focuses on transforming data into insights by applying advanced analytical method, based on mathematics, statistics and artificial intelligent models and algorithms, to improve the performance of an organization. In the first part of the course, the analytic tools and methodologies will be introduced. On the second part, cases studies from Humanitarian, Social, Health Care and Environmental organizations (as NGO humanitarian organization, social care organization, public services, hospital or primary health institutions) will be presented and discussed. Examples of applications of Analytics in this organizations are home health care logistics and scheduling; planning disaster response and preparedness to improved decision; location of the primary health care centers, or schools; planning the humanitarian aid distribution; planning a sustainable transportation; etc.

This course provides a dynamic, multi-disciplinary introduction to Contemporary Art in Spain. A background on this specified field is not required. For this reason not only the main artistic events will be covered, but also some political, historical and cultural issues that might be relevant. Although this course is manly based on lectures and class debate, four visits to art centers and exhibitions will be also part of the course requirements. These visits will be made during class time and are equivalent to a usual in-class lecture. We will discuss recent classics as well as emerging artists, and we will cover a wide range of artistic practices, from photography to afterpop music, including installation art, performance art and comic art. Although the course offers several relevant clues to understand the historical context and particular conditions in Spain, it is also intended as a more general insight into contemporary artistic strategies and topics.

The course is devoted to delivering the knowledge on the pertinent issues of sustainable development through the prism of the use of circular economy principles. Understanding the concept of a circular economy demands the understanding as to how a circular economy deviates from the current linear system, being able to analyze and develop complex circular systems using a systems-thinking approach, assessing the use of Life Cycle Assessment and Agent Based Modelling. The course also teaches how to formulate improvements for a transition towards a circular design and the students learn how to use and apply complexity aspects and agent-based modelling. The concept of circular economy will be applied through policy considerations, legal aspects, economic and practical implications.

The increasing popularity of sports has transformed sport governance. No doubt that fact had a positive impact on the ethics and integrity of sports governance. But the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly changed the world of sport. The economic importance of sport and its cross-border nature puts sports institutions before an uncertain future. This course aims to present and discuss five key challenges for the future of global sports governance, namely: i) the autonomy of Sport Government Bodies (SGB) to rule the world of sports and their legitimacy to ask for compliance to the athletes and other political actors and states. The Ethics and Law of the Good Governance of Sport ii) the arising of a new legal order in sport’s domain. That is the so-called Lex Sportiva whose content and scope as a new Jurisprudence in sports will be discussed. Towards a new Jurisprudence of Sport iii) the evolution and changes experienced by the concept of equality in sport and its implications regarding gender issues (trans, neutral gender and intersex athletes) as well as high-tech ones (cyborgs, robots) pose to the future of sports. What does equality mean in Sport? iv) the impact of AI and high tech in sport governance, particularly on the ethics of sports and athletes’ rights. The ethics of AI in Sport. v) the sustainability of mega-sport events in times of climate emergency. The future of Sport. These five challenges are linked. Hence, this course aims to proportionate the students with the relevant tools to understand and identify the ethical and legal problems that the good governance of sport is currently facing and will face shortly and the appropriate way to overcome them.

Even if we’re assuming that we live in a globalized world (Internet, social networks, global tourism, massive migrations, cosmopolitanism, global markets, global brands, global services..) a closer look to how television is dealing with specific contemporary debates such as those about gender, race, class, democracy…etc. show how different are their perspectives. This course puts the focus on how different public television channels around the world are representing and debating with their audiences such issues using a Media Literacy perspective and a Critical and Ethical approach, connecting them with a primary responsability of public tv: contributing to the education and empowerment of citizens.

Globalization and sustainability have become familiar terms that are however at cross purposes. The way globalization has been conducted with an emphasis on the economic sphere—international trade and cross border investment flows, has created a series of crises that threaten the ethical values and beliefs of a sustainable society. Ethics goes beyond with what is legal because it is concerned with the ethical reflection of what represents right and wrong behaviour in a complex, dynamic and global environment. In this course we will discuss ethical approaches to global issues that are enhanced by the process of globalization and increasing multiculturalism, e.g., the environment, global citizenship & governance, poverty and inequality, peace and conflict, human rights, health and the effects of technology among others.

The course combines analytical tools and categories stemming from political science, international relations, economic geography, urban studies, European Integration studies, public policies and development economics. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the most salient aspects of the debate around development and international cooperation. The first part will be dedicated to shed light and define fundamentals concepts and categories of these debates such as globalization, development, poverty, inequalities. Classical views on development will be contrasted with more contemporary approaches such as: no-one living behind, whole-of-society-approach, territorial local economic development, multilevel governance and multi-stakeholder participation.

A basic introduction to contracts, property, torts from a comparative perspective will be followed by an explanation of the relevant technologies and their implications in the legal understanding of the core legal topics. In addition, the course will focus on the current trends of the harmonization process in order to give a common response to technology challenges. The course provides a general overview of the problems arising from the interaction between technology and the law. The general legal analysis of contracts, torts and property will be applied to the challenges posed by smart and relational contracts, the interaction between big data and competition law, the internet of things and the application of products liability and insurance to fully automated devices. Sharing and collaborative economy formulas will also be analyzed in the course

: The course in all, will underpin examples of COLLECTIVE initiatives and organizational and philosophical trends occurring in the context of an ultra-highly CONNECTED global society, that can no longer solve the challenges of the 21STCentury, by singled out efforts, or based solely on “individual” strengths and values. The course features an overview of efficient techniques, methods and languages and also ethics value propositions and guidance of selected cases in a variety of fields such as corporate culture responsibility brands and businesses, innovation science, culture and the Arts, global movements activisms and present-future social and civil societies governance, in 1 general. “The Collectivity Revolution”, in the eye of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer for a Better Quality Life and World, is an account on the main topic challenges of a new paradigm context. Overall, the course highlights on the technological, scientific and social developments and its affectations in the global management of businesses, organizations and other societal communities; emphasizing the challenges, inequalities and also the opportunities of our current world. The title of the course responds to a play on words between the terms Collective and Connection and the Revolutionary outcomes of its merging forces.

Once labeled by Newsweek magazine as the “coolest city in Europe”, Barcelona enjoys the reputation of a cosmopolitan city with a great international projection. Like all places, however, it is not void of peculiarities and contradictions. Behind a glossy and tourist-friendly façade, the city has a complex history. This course introduces the student to the city of Barcelona by studying its past and analyzing its present. This interdisciplinary course covers subject in history, geography, art, architecture, and urban planning. Material includes images, maps, academic and literary texts, videos, field studies, and documentaries. We will also discuss issues relevant to people living within the city of Barcelona today.

The course involves working on the connections between nature and human beings (socioecological dynamics) and the concept of “entanglement” of societies (as seen through the lns of archaeology and history), global climate change and environmental change, and our ability to measure and understand these changes. This course will address the theoretical perspective of the Anthropocene and how archeology/history can significantly contribute to this discussion, not only in terms of ideas and arguments, but also in terms of a large body of material evidence, in the form of the archaeological/historical record, against which the specific arguments of the Anthropocene can be verified and evaluated. In addition, the course will address, across a broad disciplinary range, how a deep history approach can contribute in finding solutions to some of the most pressing current problems and to design more sustainable and resilient livelihoods.

Students will learn the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence and understand the implication of these techniques in the arts, as well as AI techniques that can be used to make sense of human gesture, musical audio, and other real-time data. The focus will be on learning about algorithms, software tools, and best practices that can be immediately employed in creating new real-time interactive systems in the arts.

This course will study how global institutions, as well as nation states, cities and other actors, can face global challenges like those mentioned above. This is why this course will focus on the new ways in which collective intelligence, crowdsourcing methods and public involvement in decision making in general can enhance the quality of global responses to these challenges. Students will be exposed to some successful practical examples of collective intelligence enhanced through new technologies, like the idea of Crowdlaw, which might combine data analysis, machine learning, AI, Blockchain and even virtual reality with the aim of improving public decision making.  The course will also focus on the conditions under which international organizations, states and cities can make or contribute to making international legal decisions which might provide solutions to these problems in a way that preserves democratic legitimacy and justice. For that purpose, the course will combine the study of global governance, and new technologies with political philosophy, legal philosophy, international law and international relations.

Current movements such as #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, international women’s strikes on March 8, or the debates surrounding laws on trans people’s rights show the relevance that gender and sexuality are gaining in contemporary societies all over the world. The objective of this course is to analyze the main problems related to gender, sexuality, the body, and diversity in the context of an increasingly globalized planet. With “Past and Present,” we refer to two fundamental aspects in which the course will deepen: 1) the legitimation of stereotypes and issues related to gender, sexuality, the body and diversity through the un-critical projection of the current logics to the past; and 2) the incorporation of historical trajectories and perspectives in order to understand in all their complexity the mechanisms that originated and perpetuate the problems covered in the course.

This course centers on the interaction between Neurosciences, Engineering and the Humanities, by posing crucial questions on intelligence, perception and aesthetics. How brains and machines build up knowledge? What is intelligence and “what do we talk about when we talk about artificial intelligence”? We will analyze how sensory systems build up a representation of the world, with particular attention to vision and audition. In parallel, we will explore the minimal requirements of a brain, building on our age-old attempts to build artificial intelligent systems. We will review the history of artificial intelligence and brain science, focusing on the connections that the two fields have had, on and off, over the years. This leads to a more general discussion on the foundations and limits of knowledge and the evolutionary roots of belief.

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